Rich Chocolate Donut Holes

Last night, I was very bad.


And by bad, I mean regarding eating healthy. Unless you consider three slices of pepperoni pizza, some of a brownie and a cupcake, Coke Zero, and popcorn healthy. Especially topped off with one and a half donuts for breakfast!

Yeah, it’s safe to say I’ll be going to the gym today.

However, after enjoying a cinnamon and a chocolate donut from Dunkin’ Donuts, I started thinking: why not make mini, bite-size versions of my breakfast… minus all the guilt I felt upon driving home from my friend’s party?

Why not make rich chocolate donut holes you could actually feel semi-good about eating?

Recipe. Breakthrough.


These donut holes are a lot healthier than your classic donut holes. For one, they don’t contain any butter, oil, white sugar, or white flour! They’re low in gluten, lower in sugar, and contain healthy fats instead of hydrogenated fats. Plus, they take the same amount of time to make as it would take you to run all the way out to the grocery store to pick up a box of day-old donuts!

Made with whole wheat flour and oat flour, these donut holes are deceivingly whole grain. They’re also deceivingly low-calorie, as just based on the richness of the chocolate you would expect them to be at least 100 calories each.

Believe it or not, they’re only 53 cals each!

Do you see a downside? Because I certainly don’t.


You know what else I don’t see?


Because these donut holes are so healthy they’re virtually guilt-free!

Rich Chocolate Donut Holes

  • 1 c old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c coconut sugar
  • 1/4 c stevia
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbs milk of choice (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
  • 5 tbs hot water

Preheat oven to 350°F. Process the oats in a food processor until the consistency of oat flour is reached. Add oat flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, stevia, salt, and baking powder to a small bowl and whisk until combined. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, egg, vanilla, and milk. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Add hot water and stir until smooth. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Roll dough into small balls (a little less than 1″ in diameter) then place each in a muffin hole. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool. Dip in frosting of choice (such as a coconut oil and powdered sugar glaze). Enjoy!

Nutritional Information (from

Calories: 53

Fat: 2g

Carbs: 7g

Protein: 2g

(Yields 21 donut holes)

Nutrition information does not include glaze, as you can glaze donut holes with whatever you choose.

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